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New York company recalls cheese sent to California, 17 other states

The Associated Press
Saturday November 24, 2001

MINEOLA, N.Y. — Pollio Italian Cheese Co. announced a recall of certain Polly-O ricotta cheese packages and some foodservice ricotta products because of potential contamination from Salmonella bacteria. 

The cheese, in 15-ounce and 3-pound sizes, had the code date DEC-10 and was distributed through retail grocery stores and foodservice distributors primarily in 18 states. 

The recall also applies to 3-pound foodservice products with the code date DEC-10 PD1, distributed in the same states. 

The states involved are Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia. 

Salmonella can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. No illnesses have been reported in connection with the products to date. 

In a statement, Pollio said the recall came after the Department of Defense contacted the company and the New York Department of Agriculture and Markets when a sample of 15-ounce Polly-O Ricotta Cheese with the code date DEC-10 PD1 tested positive for the bacteria. 

The company is recalling all products made on the same day on the same production line.